Album Review: Various Artists – Todd Is My Co-Pilot

Dirt Cult Comp - Todd C. Is My Co-PilotJust before the end of 2014, Dirt Cult Records head honcho, Chris Mason, decided to drop some tunes for all to hear on a comp called Todd Is My Co-Pilot.

Apparently a few years back, Mason and his pal Walker decided that someone needed to make a Todd C. comp for all to hear.

What once was a booze-fueled conversation between pals turned into reality as Mason reached out to tons of bands and many of them sent in covers to be included.  Maybe it did not go as quickly as he and Walker had intended, but one day Mason realized he had more than enough to make their idea a reality.

So who exactly is Todd you ask?  He’s actually Todd Congelliere, the founder of Recess Records and also  the one-man show / front-man for bands such as The Underground Railroad To Candyland,  F.Y.P. and Toys That Kill.

I am sure if you are a fan of punk rock, you now know who I speak of. Even if you are not, you should check out this comp and become familiar with Todd C.  This dude packs tons of talent.

Todd Is My Co-Pilot features covers by amazing acts like The Brokedowns, Iron Chic, Low Culture, Sundowners, and even Mike Watt and the Secondmen.

Vacation did a great rendition of “Dead Inside” while Iron Chic put their own twist on Toys That Kill’s “White Lies”.  I loved the fuzzy bass on this track.  Apocalypse Meow’s clean cover on “Illegitimate” was very close sounding if not a little slower but still awesome.

Full Sun was an act on this comp who I have not really gotten to know, but after hearing them cover Toys That Kill’s “31 Year Old Daydream”, I realize that needs to change.  The very 80s female driven punk rock sounds were perfect for this take and invited me to check out their original material.

Hearing The Plurals cover Todd C’s “You’ll Hear My Voice” instantly reminded of the very interesting video I saw for this song that was full of Kewpies.  Check it out here.

Of course I need to talk about Mike Watt & the Secondmen’s take on “No One”.  I was so stoked to see Watt and crew on this comp and to be honest, their version of the track  was….well…experimental-ish.  It was like Primus meets Ween meets Toys That Kill.  I still dug.

This is not just some half-assed idea when you look at who all contributed.  The best part about this comp?  Dirt Cult released it for free.  Zero cheddar.  Nada.

So what the hell are you waiting on?  Either head over to the Dirt Cult Band Camp page, or click below and proceed to download.  It’s pay what you want, so do your thing and hope no one finds out how much of a cheap ass you really are.  More importantly, enjoy.

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